Originally formed in Somerset by twin brothers Ivan & Frazer, the line up was expanded in late 2016 after meeting James and Dean at university in Guildford, UK. China Bears have spent the last few years playing extensively around the UK, with notable support slots with bands such as: Genghar, The Districts, To Kill A King, Geneva, Neon Waltz and The Howl & The Hum. Rosie Peppin re-joined the band in 2022 to play keys, synths and provide additional vocals.
After self-releasing 3 singles China Bears teamed up with Fierce Panda Records for the release of their debut EP ‘I’ve Never Met Anyone Like You’, picking up attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, NPR, Gigwise & Radio X. In 2020 the quartet performed a live session for Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music in support of a trio of singles; ‘I’m Not Eating Like I Used To’, ‘Statue Still’ and ‘Jolene’, which were released throughout 2020.